penetrative

penetrative

[pen-i-trey-tiv]
adjective
1.
tending to penetrate; piercing.
2.
acute; keen.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin penetrātīvus. See penetrate, -ive

penetratively, adverb
penetrativeness, penetrativity [pen-i-truh-tiv-i-tee] , noun
unpenetrative, adjective
unpenetratively, adverb
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penetrate (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to find or force a way into or through (something); pierce; enter
2.  to diffuse through (a substance); permeate
3.  (tr) to see through: their eyes could not penetrate the fog
4.  (tr) (of a man) to insert the penis into the vagina of (a woman)
5.  (tr) to grasp the meaning of (a principle, etc)
6.  (intr) to be understood: his face lit up as the new idea penetrated
 
[C16: from Latin penetrāre; related to penitus inner, and penus the interior of a house]
 
'penetrable
 
adj
 
penetra'bility
 
n
 
'penetrably
 
adv
 
'penetrative
 
adj
 
'penetrator
 
n

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